By king’s decree one of the de Burghs must marry the daughter of their fallen enemy. She’s a notorious hellion rumored to have murdered her first husband on their wedding night, and none want to be her second.
A scholar as well as a knight, Geoffrey de Burgh values knowledge as much as his sword. But he can’t explain why he’s drawn to the maddening woman he must make his wife. And someone wants him dead. Is it his bride?
Elene Fitzhugh would have no husband and vows to drive him away with the point of her dagger. But the gallant knight is unlike any man she has ever known. And she must arm herself against a new threat—the power of attraction.
“Once again Simmons has brought together wonderful and passionate characters... in this thrilling and dangerous story.” – Affaire de Coeur
Deborah Simmons is a two-time RITA Finalist and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances originally published by Avon, Harlequin, and Berkley, as well as a romantic comedy.
Key Themes: Medieval romance, enemies to lovers, knight, damaged heroine, scholar hero, shrew, dangerous heroine, warrior hero, arranged marriage, castle, opposites attract, romantic suspense, independent heroine, historical romance mystery, beta hero, family, brothers, happily ever after, love story
USA Today bestselling author Deborah Simmons began her career as a journalist, but left nonfiction for the world of happily ever afters. She’s written historical romances originally published by Avon, Harlequin, and Berkley, as well as a romantic comedy.
Her books A Lady of Distinction and The Gentleman Thief were finalists in Romance Writers of America’s annual RITA competition. Two other releases, The Gentleman's Quest and Glory and the Rake (now titled Glory and the Duke), were up for The Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence for Mystery/Suspense. And her work has been translated and published in more than thirty countries, with graphic novel editions available for some titles.
She believes in strong heroines, wry humor, a touch of mystery, and love that can’t be denied.